Adam Kaluzshner

Adam K.

Philadelphia, PA

About Adam K.

Background check: Last verified 04/21/2016
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Adam teaches: Ages 9 to 75
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Teaching since: May 2006
Last sign in: Last week


I have been passionate about music all of my life. I have been teaching guitar and piano for 9 years. I'm a doctoral student at Chestnut Hill College pursuing a degree in clinical psychology with plans to become a music therapist. I learned guitar and classical piano under 2 private teachers while pursuing my Psychology degree and music minor at Rutgers University in NJ.

Music was a way for me to find peace, structure, confidence, and an outlet for personal expression and creativity outside of my everyday life. I've grown as a person and a musician through music. I get excited when I see my students learn enjoy playing something new. I love music more than anything else and that love is something I try to bring out in my students. Once there is love for music, everything grows naturally. I teach to help my students find those strengths in themselves to live a fulfilling life through their instrument.

***Lesson Details***

We create daily, weekly, and monthly goals for you to achieve.

Guitar: After 3 to 6 months of learning with me, you will have a basic knowledge of chords, how to read musical notation, strum to play. Most importantly, you will have learned 3 or 4 songs of your choice so that you can experience the joy of expressing yourself through music.
To achieve these results, you must be willing to practice 20-30 minutes a day.


I specialize in teaching students to learn to play by ear and improvise songs based on their tastes, style, and ability level. I also walk students through how to write and record semi-professional quality songs with drums, vocals, guitar, and piano. Music genres I cover are mainly Pop, Pop/Rock, Folk, Blues Rock, Classic Rock, Alternative, and Classical (piano only)

*** Studio Equipment ***

I provide a comfortable, quiet room with live instruments, and playback and recording equipment. I expect students to bring a guitar, books, sheet music, picks, and a tuner.
1. Taylor Acoustic Guitar
--picks, tuner, and capo
2. Fender Stratocaster Electric Guitar
-- Marshall 100W Amplifier
-- Classic Cry Baby Wah Effects Pedal
3. Casio PX-310 Weighted 88-Key Piano Keyboard

Playback and Recording:
1. MacBook Pro OSX 10.10.3 13-inch screen
- Insignia 27W Speakers with subwoofer
- Garageband
2. Steinberg UR-22 Recording Interface
3. Audio-technica M30 Headphones
4. Sterling Audio ST51 Black Condenser Microphone

*** Travel Equipment *** (same as above except for piano)

Photos and Videos

Improvisation duet with local singing sensation Bethlehem. Weaver's Way's weekly local music and food event, Mount Airy, PA, July 16, 2015


Owner, Guitar and Piano Instructor

May 2006 - Present
Keys & Strings

Teach guitar and piano to children, teens, and adults from all backgrounds in the Philadelphia area.

Teach songs my students want to learn and expand their horizons with songs appropriate to their level and interests.

Develop lesson plans with students and parents (for children) that are unique and specialized for each student's interests and needs

Provide extra services such as re-stringing guitar and recommend and coordinate services (e.g. piano tuning) to qualified professionals

Freelance Musician/Performer

May 2005 - Present
Adam K.

I've performed solo and as a duet or band with numerous talented professionals in New York, Philadelphia, and New Jersey on guitar, piano, vocals, and percussion, including:

Soul singer-songwriter Bethlehem Roberson, drummer Kyle Burke, Folk singer-songwriter Emilie Wetzel, vocalist Candice Green (see profile video), guitarist Jerry Curran (see video), guitarist Michael Fremed, Jazz guitarist Grant Gardner, guitarist Ryan Lederer, and Pop/Rock singer-songwriter Sandy Zio


Doctor of Clinical Psychology

Jun 2014 - Present
Chestnut Hill College

Master Of Clinical Psychology

Sep 2012 - May 2014
Chestnut Hill College

Bachelor of Arts, Psychology, minor in music

Sep 2006 - May 2010
Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ

Languages Spoken


Fluent / Native Proficiency


Fluent / Native Proficiency


Dean's List

May 2010
Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ

Phi Beta Kappa, National Academic Honor Society

May 2010
Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ

CESEP Public Scholarship & Service

May 2010
Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ

Outstanding Scholars Academic Merit Program

May 2010
Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ


Phi Beta Kappa

Apr 2010

The Phi Beta Kappa Society celebrates and advocates excellence in the liberal arts and sciences. Its campus chapters invite for induction the most outstanding arts and sciences students at America’s leading colleges and universities. The Society sponsors activities to advance these studies — the humanities, the social sciences, and the natural sciences — in higher education and in society at large.

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15 Reviews on Adam K.

Lisa Oct 6, 2016
Guitar · In home
Adam has been coming to our home for almost 2 years to teach my 13 y.o. son and 12 y.o. daughter guitar. It has been a wonderful experience for all. Adam has a cool temperament and is quite patient. He has really made the whole learning experience rewarding and enjoyable for the kids. It is apparent that they have been growing as guitarists. Adam is highly recommended as an instructor.
Edward C. Sep 15, 2016
Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
I am a technology geek who could easily spend 24/7 in front of a computer. I was looking for an excuse to step outside of my zone, and Adam has taught me how to find peace and relax via music. I would highly recommend Adam!
David Aug 19, 2016
Piano · In studio
Adam is a GREAT instructor and I've been having a lot of fun learning piano with him. He really focuses on what it is you want to get out of your lessons and what you want to learn. I had some background with piano from childhood but Adam's taught me some music theory fundamentals that I hadn't learned before. Getting a lot out of it and highly recommend.
Jessica Aug 2, 2016
Guitar · In studio
There are many talented guitarists, but there are few that are both talented and top-notch teachers like Adam. Adam is a patient instructor, knowledgable, and willing to design lessons to your musical interests. I have thoroughly enjoyed working with Adam, and highly recommend him to anyone seeking lessons at any level.
Max Feb 25, 2016
Acoustic Guitar · In studio
Cant speak highly enough about Adam. I felt he went above and beyond for a guitar teacher. He challenged me to perform at an open mic fairly early (I couldnt play a full song before starting lessons) and took his own time to come support me. He teaches piano too and has a great understanding of music theory. This was big for me as music theory is fascinating to me. Our lessons were very relaxed and always left me excited to get home and practice more. My interest in guitar is fairly schizophrenic and I like to change focus all the time to cover as much ground in our precious weekly hour. Adam did a great job working with my idiosyncrasies and taught me a great amount in the few months we had lessons. (I moved out of town)
Quynh N. Jan 18, 2016
Piano · In home
Verified Student
Adam was be my son piano teacher for over 6 months and still be continue. He is very professional, kind and patience with my 7years old boy . I even refer him to teach piano for my best friend son and she is happy with his professional too . My son cannot wait to see him every Saturday for his 45 minutes lesson. Thank you Adam !
Nathan H. Dec 30, 2015
Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
Adam is very calm and patient, even with my quirky 9 year old. I'd recommend him to anyone.
Rachel B. Dec 24, 2015
Guitar · In studio
Professional, responsible, and analytical. Adam is flexible and takes constructive criticism like a champ. As a music fan of local music, I hired him Adam after seeing one of his performances and he has never disappointed me. He is kind and accepting and an exceptional teacher - great listening skills, very compassionate, and completely non-judgmental. Adam kept me motivated through the challenges of a new beginner at guitar to get me to where I am today. He supported me to not be hard on myself and pushed me to grow. Adam has the unique set of interpersonal skills to excel in the music teacher field. I would recommend him to any student!
Dan H. Dec 24, 2015
Acoustic Guitar · In studio
Adam is very professional and personable. He has only the best intent for his clients. I called Adam for guitar lessons and he worked around my schedule and was very flexible. He also went out of his way to pass on information for events etc. that would help me to appreciate music. Thanks Adam, for all your help.
Pramod K. Dec 22, 2015
Classical Piano · In home
Adam helped me immensely with learning how to play the piano right from scratch. I had no real music background, but Adam was very patient and encouraging. He taught me good ways to practice so that I could make progress and feel confident. I was able to learn some advanced classical pieces. He is extremely punctual and flexible with schedules and goes out of his way to accommodate mine. I am happy to recommend him to anyone and learners of all levels. Thank you Adam for being so patient and accommodating and above all for teaching me how to play the piano!
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